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Everything You Need To Know About The Bionic Eye

May 18th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Click here to download a printable version this article/fact sheet: PDF/Word. What is a retinal prosthesis? A retinal prosthesis is a non-living, electronic substitute for the retina. Popular and brand names for retinal prostheses are the Bionic Eye and the Argus II. The aim is to restore vision to someone blinded by retinal eye disease….

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Restoring Vision in a Flash (of Light): The Innovative Science of Optogenetics

March 10th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Story guest authored by Erik Fraunberger, a neuroscience graduate student at the Alberta Children’s Health Research Institute in Calgary, Alberta with contributions by Dr. Mary Sunderland, Director of Research & Education at the Foundation Fighting Blindness.  In 2016, optogenetics is coming out of the laboratory and into the clinic! The first human test of optogenetics will use…

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Top 10 Discoveries of 2015

December 11th, 2015 by FFB Canada

In 2015, the Foundation invested in research to understand vision, preserve vision, and restore sight. All of the Foundation’s funded projects are “translational” research, which means that the long-term goal of each project is to develop new treatments for vision loss and blindness. (Watch our video recap of the Top 10 Discoveries of 2015, or…

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Halfway There: A New Discovery and a New Direction

July 15th, 2015 by FFB Canada

Research doesn’t always go as planned. There are always surprises. This is because science deals with the unknown. While researchers do their best to gather information (sometimes referred to as preliminary data) to help design the optimal approach to a problem, there are usually unexpected outcomes. Although some of these surprises might be discouraging, others…

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How Does The Eye Respond to Motion?

November 28th, 2014 by FFB Canada

To restore sight, many researchers are trying to figure out how to replace damaged photoreceptors, which are essential for vision. Replacing lost photoreceptors, however, only solves part of the larger puzzle of curing blindness. Vision is a complicated process that requires more than just photoreceptors. There are many different cell types that work together in…

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